Clinton Morrison raves about Hangeland and Dann, makes confident Watford prediction

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

The former Crystal Palace striker was delighted with the duo's performance against Watford.

Ex-Crystal Palace forward Clinton Morrison was delighted with the performances of Brede Hangeland and Scott Dann after his former side beat Watford 1-0 on Sunday afternoon, according to Breathe Sport.

Morrison spent a total of seven years at Palace and is an occasional pundit while he continues to play up front for Exeter City.

And the former striker picked centre-back Hangeland as has man of the match for Crystal Palace, while also praising his 'immense' partner Dann.

On Watford, however, Morrison delivered the confident prediction that they will be just fine, considering how organised they were against the Eagles.

Morrison told Breathe Sport: "Not the best of games, with both teams defending really well. I thought Palace looked the most likely to score with the pace they had on the break and [Wilfried] Zaha added an extra dimension when he came on.

"Watford will be fine this season as they look a very organised team but Palace just edged it with more quality in the final third. My MoM was Hangeland, though Scott Dann was also immense."

 V Watford TacklesClearancesInterceptionsHeadersMinutes Played
Brede Hangeland 1 20 0 6 90
Scott Dann 0 12 1 6 90

As Opta stats show, the Crystal Palace centre-backs were indeed immense against the Hornets, completing as many as 32 clearances between them.

Neither excelled too much in terms of tackles or interceptions but the Palace duo were also dominant in the air, winning six headers each.

As for Watford, Morrison may well be on the money. Nine points from seven games has been an impressive start for a newly promoted side, with Norwich City faring identically and Bournemouth slightly worse.

Watford fans will count themselves unlucky to lose against Alan Pardew's side due to the nature of the penalty they conceded, while the level of their defending will encourage them going into October.

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